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Declutter Your Space for Spring

Posted by: Mira Roberts
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As spring is about to begin blooming in our region, the call to shake off winter and start fresh becomes stronger. After spending a long season inside, your apartment may need a refresh, and there’s no better way to start than by rolling up your sleeves and decluttering your space for spring.

Before you can truly do a deep clean for the new season, you’ll need to tidy up, organize and get rid of items that are clogging up your space. Whether it’s piles of paperwork, too full closets or cluttered kitchen and bathroom spaces, a season change is a perfect time to get clean and get organized.

You don’t have to reorganize and pair down your life in one day. Plan to take several weeks to chip away at the clutter in your home, so that you complete a thorough and functional job. Be willing to let go of items that you truly no longer need, and don’t be afraid to donate or throw out what no longer serves you.

You’ve spent a lot of good time in your space, and now it’s time to show it some love in return. Give your apartment a thorough declutter for spring, and start this new season off right!

Room By Room
If you’ve accumulated too much stuff over the last few months, it can be daunting to know where to begin. Before you become overwhelmed, break the job up by rooms, and take it one room at a time. You don’t have to declutter your entire apartment in one day. You can take one room, one closet or cupboard at a time, and move methodically through your home. Begin with small rooms, like bathrooms or laundry rooms. Then, move on to your bedrooms or kitchen, finishing up in your living room, and voila! You’re decluttered!

Closet Control
Make sure to give the closet spaces in your home extra love and attention during your seasonal declutter, especially linen closets and those you use to store your “extra stuff.” Many times, these places can become catch-alls for extra items that you rarely use, and they become less functional and more over-crowded with items you don’t need. Invest time in going through your closets and making choices about what to keep, donate or throw away. Remember that if you haven’t used an item for over a year, it deserves considering whether or not you’ll use it again at all.

Kitchen Declutter
Believe it or not, your kitchen may be the final frontier of clutter and storing stuff you neither need nor use. Buried deep inside your pantry or in the back of your refrigerator may be old condiments, expired products and packaged goods that you haven’t looked at or used in months or years. Even kitchen cabinets can become packed with cooking utensils and devices that you don’t have use for, and that space beneath the sink is often home to old cleaning products that need to be tossed out or checked for their expiration dates. Take your time and go cabinet by cabinet, and be willing to throw out products that are old or expired. Donate kitchen tools, serving utensils or devices that aren’t being used, and your kitchen will begin feeling fresh and clean instantly!

Medicine Cabinet
Dig through your medicine cabinet and toss out expired or spoiled products, including sunscreens, chapsticks, medications, antibiotic ointments and cough drops. If you’ve been storing old nail polishes or makeup, check those to see what condition they’re in, and toss anything that isn’t in good shape. Wipe down shelves and give a good scrub to any spots that have spilled creams or lotions stuck to them. Before you know it, you’ll have a bright and shiny, brand new medicine cabinet for spring!

Work-Station and Paperwork
Your desk or work station may be a space you use often, but that doesn’t mean it’s free and clear of clutter. Go through files and drawers and make sure paperwork is neatly organized. Toss out or shred paperwork you no longer use, and dig through piles to ensure that you’ve kept important documents separated from not so important documents. Organizing your desk and paperwork will help you to complete everyday tasks better, like paying bills or applying for a loan for a new car, etcetera. Make sure to properly label files and create storage systems that function in your life, as you tidy.


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Mira Roberts

Mira Roberts studied writing at New York University, graduating with a BA in English Literature before pursuing a career in media, marketing and management with PARADE Magazine, Portfolio Magazine, AltDaily, skirt! and lululemon athletica. A full time mother, writing instructor and part-time freelance writer, Mira lives and laughs with her family in Norfolk, VA. 

 

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